Competition was fierce, but Kettering University’s SAE clean snowmobile team placed first at the 2014 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge with a four-stroke gasoline engine.
“We’re ecstatic,” said team leader Matt Birt. “This is our first win at Michigan Tech, and we couldn’t be happier.”
The competition was fierce, but Kettering’s team triumphed in several award categories: the PCB Group Award for the Quietest Snowmobile; the BlueRibbon Coalition Award for the Most Practical Solution, which balances cost with noise and emissions reduction; and the Emitec Award for Best Value, which incorporates cost, fuel economy and performance. In addition, Kettering’s team took home the new MacLean-Fogg Cup, a traveling trophy sculpted and cast in bronze by Michigan artist Sergio DeGiusti.The team also placed first in Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price, first in Oral Presentation, first in the Noise event, had the best fuel economy among gasoline-powered snowmobiles, and had the lowest emissions among gasoline-powered snowmobiles.